Making this dish last night the kids asked what's for dinner. I replied "Pork chaaaps and apple shaaauuusssse". They looked at me like I had finally gone over the edge (they've been expecting it for years) as I laughed and told them that they just didn't get it. Close your eyes and say it... Pork chaaaps and apple shaaauce. If you are a girl in my age range the phrase will take you back about 35 years.
In any case... our Pork Tenderloin with Apple and Onions is an updated version of Alice's recipe. Seared on the stove, then topped with mustard and a few herbs and finished off in the oven along with the sautéed apples and onions, this easy dinner is a good choice on those busy school nights. Add a quick salad and a slice of bread and you are set! Now if only we had Alice to do the dishes.... =)
1 pork tenderloin
1 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs whole grain Dijon mustard
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried rosemary
1 Tbs olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2-3 cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped into large chunks
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup chicken broth
Preheat oven to 400º. Season pork lightly with salt and pepper.
Heat 1 Tbs oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium high heat. Add the pork and sear until all sides are browned. Remove pork to a plate and cool slightly. While pork is cooling, add remaining 1 Tbs oil to the skillet and add the apple and onion pieces, sprinkle with cinnamon. Sauté over medium heat until slightly tender, 4-5 minutes.
While the apples and onions are cooking spread the mustard over the top of the pork. Sprinkle with the herbs, adjusting to your taste.
When the apples and onions are tender, remove the skillet from the heat and return the pork to the pan, placing over apples. Place the skillet in the oven and roast until the apples and onions are very soft and the pork registers abotu 140º on a meat thermometer (slightly pink after resting), about 20 minutes. Remove the pork to a cutting board and rest for 5-10 minutes.
Return the skillet to the stove and pour the apple juice and broth over the apples and onion mixture. Stir over medium high heat until slightly reduced, remove from heat. Cut pork. Spoon the apples and onions onto a plate and top with the pork. Enjoy!
|I love Alice!!|